Gerrard responds to Zungu apology

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has welcomed Bongani Zungu back to training after accepting the Bafana Bafana star's apology for breaking Covid-19 regulations.

Zungu was one of a group of Rangers players who landed in trouble with Scottish authorities earlier this month after he and four teammates attended a house party in contravention of the national Covid-19 regulations.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns star was subsequently removed from the squad in order to self-isolate but has now been welcomed back to training after making a public apology to the club's supporters on Wednesday.

"I’d like to apologise to the Rangers fans," the Bafana Bafana midfielder told RangersTV. "It’s been a great season so far for the club and my message is I’d like to apologise and hope the fans can continue to support us and we can put this behind us and focus on the future."

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Club boss Gerrard confirmed that Zungu and his two younger teammates Nathan Patterson and Calvin Bassey, both of whom also issued apologies, had returned to training after accepting fines imposed on them.

"...The first-team squad players have now returned to Auchenhowie," Gerrard and Sporting Director Ross Wilson said in a joint statement.

"We are both now satisfied that the players completely understand their obligations to our club and accept with sincerity the strong disciplinary sanctions that we have imposed upon them for letting us all down.

"We accept their apologies to the club, their teammates and the fans, for whom we are forever grateful for their resolute support and loyalty."

Gerrard's decision to reintroduce Zungu comes just days after he hinted that the South African's loan deal from Amiens would not be made permanent at the end of the season, although it remains to be seen if the 28-year-old can work his way back into the coach's long-term plans.

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